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'Neath a Coffered Sky


The coffered and vaulted ceiling of the entrance hall at Westport House, County Mayo. Designed around 1731 for John Browne, later first Earl of Altamont, it is a rare surviving example of an interior design by Richard Castle.

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A Visit to Christ the King Catholic Church

On the way home from the Abbey of the Hills, I stopped through Webster, South Dakota because a friend recommended a visit to the round church there.   465 more words

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Seeing my town in Black & White: 2

In the second part of my black & white tour of Much Wenlock (part 1 here), I was further inspired by Marilyn’s Wednesday photo prompt at… 1,435 more words

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Summer Postcards

Last week the Austrian National Library launched its digitized postcard portal AKON Ansichtskarten Online with over 75,000 historic postcards available to browse and download. The AKON portal supplements several other similar online resources such as the… 253 more words

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Market Day


The former Market House in Killucan, County Westmeath. Dating from the late 1830s it was seemingly built by local stonemason Thomas Keegan. An architect called Patrick Keegan, listed as living in Dublin in the early 1820s, designed a gothick game larder for Knockdrin Castle which is not far from Killucan: might the two men have been members of the same family? 73 more words

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Blue Cloud Abbey / Abbey of the Hills

I recently stayed at the former Blue Cloud Abbey, now privately-owned as Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center outside Marvin, Grant County.  It’s located a short way off I-29 on the coteau looking towards Milbank in the east. 657 more words

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Federal period Decatur House, Lafayette Square

A block from the White House, Decatur House in the 19th century was home to prominent American military men and politicians.

It is also an outstanding example of Federal style architecture popular in the late 19th into the early 20th century in Boston, especially Beacon Hill, and in other American cities. 51 more words

19th Century American Political History